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Senate Rejects Bid to Speed Keystone XL Pipeline Approval

The Democrat-controlled Senate has rejected a Republican measure to speed up an approval decision on the Keystone XL pipeline, the controversial project that would carry tar sands oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast. President Obama took part in lobbying against the resolution, personally calling senators to seek their votes. The Republican effort marked a challenge to Obama’s attempt to delay a decision pending additional review — and also until after the 2012 elections.

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